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December 2014

    When social media leads to social action

    Supermodel Petra Nemcova was vacationing in Thailand a decade ago, on Dec. 26, when it was hit by a devastating tsunami that destroyed communities in 14 countries and took the lives 230,000 people. Amy Jordan, APPC’s associate director, writes in The Hill about Nemcova’s work to turn tragedy and social media into social action.
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      Most U.S. newspaper stories perpetuate false holiday-suicide link

      PHILADELPHIA – Year after year, the suicide rate is at its lowest in the United States during the holiday season, but nearly three-quarters of U.S. newspaper stories linking suicide and the holidays during the 2013-2014 season incorrectly said the opposite, according to a new analysis. In the 2013 holiday season, most newspaper stories mentioning suicide
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        New multiplayer game teaches students about the Bill of Rights

        PHILADELPHIA — Just in time for Bill of Rights Day (Dec. 15), Annenberg Classroom has released the multiplayer version of a game for middle and high-school students that challenges them to apply their knowledge of the Constitution to everyday legal scenarios. Annenberg Classroom’s “That’s Your Right” game lets students compete against each other online in
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